Monthly Archives: March 2016

Elon Musk’s Mars plan sparks a nerd fight

Is SpaceX founder Elon Musk crazy to press ahead with plans to send people to Mars? Or crazy like a fox? A rehash of discouraging words from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has sparked a renewed debate over Musk’s grand plan. … Continue reading

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Microsoft shows off ‘Star Wars’ holoportation

As Microsoft gets set to ship its HoloLens development kit, it’s previewing a “Star Wars” application called holoportation that takes full advantage of the mixed-reality headset. The effect is like that scene in the original Star Wars movie, where Princess Leia pops up in … Continue reading

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Alaska volcano erupts – and disrupts flights

The spectacular eruption of Alaska’s Mount Pavlof had a not-so-spectacular effect on airline schedules today: Alaska Airlines said it had to cancel 41 flights to and from six cities in northern Alaska due to the massive ash cloud emanating from Pavlof. … Continue reading

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Scientists straighten out a tangle of brain cells

Scientists say they’ve analyzed trillions of bytes’ worth of mapping data from the brain of a mouse to trace the connections within a tangle of neurons that’s smaller than a pinhead. The results, published today in the journal Nature, mark a … Continue reading

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Find out where we’re likely to trigger quakes

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey is pinpointing the places where quakes induced by human activity as well as natural seismicity are most likely to occur this year. The map released today dramatically raises the earthquake risk assessment for areas of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, … Continue reading

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Pacific pattern provides early heat wave warning

Meteorologists say they’ve found a pattern in Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures that could help authorities prepare for heat waves in the eastern United States up to 50 days in advance. Now that the pattern has been found, forecasters will start keeping … Continue reading

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Cygnus cargo ship hooks up to space station

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus commercial cargo ship had a smooth link-up with the International Space Station on March 26, delivering about 7,500 pounds of supplies, equipment, experiments and high-tech gizmos. But a rocket glitch that cropped up while putting the Cygnus into … Continue reading

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